Monday, May 28, 2007


An article at Cleveland Jewish News, pulled from the archives, announces the PBS docudrama "Secret Files of the Inquisition", a four-part series directed and produced by David Rabinovitch, which aired earlier this month. From the sound of the article it had the potential to generate more anti-Catholic sentiment in its audience. This is the first I've heard of it, however.



A reader sent in a link to a somewhat different view of the Inquisition taken from the Vatican archives and delivered from the Catholic perspective:

The Myth of the Spanish Inquisition ELLEN RICE

“The Myth of the Spanish Inquisition,” a 1994 BBC/A&E production, will re-air on the History Channel this December 3 at 10 p.m. It is a definite must-see for anyone who wishes to know how historians now evaluate the Spanish Inquisition since the opening of an investigation into the Inquisition's archives. The special includes commentary from historians whose studies verify that the tale of the darkest hour of the Church was greatly fabricated

In its brief sixty-minute presentation, “The Myth of the Spanish Inquisition” provides only an overview of the origins and debunking of the myths of torture and genocide. The documentary definitely succeeds in leaving the viewer hungry to know more. The long-held beliefs of the audience are sufficiently weakened by the testimony of experts and the expose of the making of the myth.

Read the rest...

Unfortunately this program has apparently aired, though no dates are given. In any case, it is enough to cast a shadow of doubt on the report from Cleveland Jewish News.

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